County News: Lord Lucan officially declared dead 41 years after blood-stained car found in Sussex

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Lord Lucan, whose blood-stained car was found in Sussex after he disappeared, has now been officially declared dead.

Lucan vanished after his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death in London on November 7, 1974.

He drove to see a friend in East Sussex in a borrowed car, which was later found abandoned in Fort Road, Newhaven.

Lady Lucan said she believed her husband boarded a ship leaving the port and then jumped to his death.

Despite various alleged sightings of the peer over the years, he was declared dead in 1999 – and his family granted probate over his estate – but a death certificate has only just been issued.

The new ruling, under the Presumption of Death Act 2014, means his son can now inherit the family title.

His son George Bingham, now the eighth Earl, said outside the court that he believed his father died soon after his disappearance.

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